Yodel-Ay-He-Who?

When we arrived in Valbona, it looked more like Switzerland. Alpine architecture, red-and-white checked tablecloths, sky-high evergreens! I took a deep breath, and then another, and another; there are few feels as satisfying as the freshness of the mountain air filling your lungs. Especially for a city-dweller.

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Anna Kloots
The Hidden Gem I (Almost Don't) Want to Share

The roots of Qeparo are a thousand years old. To the experienced traveler, the village is a mix of England's Cotswold, France's Le Baux, and Greece's Oia. Everything from the roads to the houses is made from golden stone. Some walls are whitewashed and doors are painted vibrant blue with donkeys tied up outside them. Thick vines form archways dripping with grapes and the views of the valley from the ends of alleys are breathtaking. 

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Anna Klootsalbania
Ultimate Guide to London

I lived in London for a year and it became one of my favorite cities in the world. Whether it’s from the sight of Big Ben, or your first taste of sticky toffee pudding, or the way you overhear someone pronounce the word controversy - this city will make you smile. Here is my ultimate guide for exploring. 

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Anna Kloots
Experiencing a Japanese Ryokan

A ryokan is a traditional Japanese guest house, created to provide travelers with a place to rest, eat, and rejuvenate themselves on their journey. The concept dates back to 1600, and is still thriving today. Not much has changed in terms of what was traditionally offered: a spacious lobby, public baths, a kaiseki meal, and a room to sleep with tatsimi mats and shoji panels. But while ryokans were once popular around Japan and an inexpensive place to stay the night, the few that survive today offer a much fancier experience and look into Japanese culture for travelers.

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Falling in Love With Tulum

You don't often hear about The Yucatan Peninsula being on anyone's bucket list place. But after my weekend in Tulum, I think it should be on the top of the list for anyone looking for culture, adventure. and a small, cool beach town. If you’re not interested in passing the day away in a hammock with a cold coconut and good book, extraordinary Mayan Ruins and several fresh-water cenotes are just a short drive from the main town. Every resort on the beach offers kite-surfing lessons, and yoga classes throughout the day, and the main road has shops full of unique goods from local designers. It's baby Bali, only three hours from Manhattan! 

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The Colony Hotel: Review

I booked The Colony Hotel for my four nights in Seminyak based on recommendations from other travelers, Trip Advisor reviews, and because it looked gorgeous. I always prefer for a boutique hotel becauseI like the attention to detail and care that comes with a smaller property. My trips are not sponsored, this review is based on my experience and opinions. 

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Anna Kloots
Four Magic Days in Ubud

Ubud is why you travel to Bali. Rice terraces, ancient temples, volcanos, a jungle full of wild monkeys, streets lined with yoga studios, spas, and healthy restaurants serving the most delicious and beautiful food you could imagine. Right in the middle of the island, I consider Ubud Bali's beating heart. Ubud is relaxed, unpretentious, and chaotically beautiful.  This is not a place to party - it’s a place to meditate, contemplate, grow, explore, and learn. 

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Tips for Planning Your First Trip to Bali

I took this trip with my best friend! We came to experience the culture, have some beach time, and immerse ourselves in all things Indonesian. We didn't come to surf, and we definitely didn't come to party. Our ideal evening consists of an amazing dinner, long walk, and a trip to an ice cream spot. So if that’s the kind of experience you want - then here’s my thoughts on the places I saw, what I’d recommend, and what I’d avoid. 

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15 types of trips you need take

I believe it's important to plan your travel thoughtfully. Instead of just using your two weeks to fly to a resort where your friends have recently gone, or to a place you saw in a magazine - consider what are you wanting to achieve over your lifetime of vacation days. There are all different types of trips to take, so here are ideas that will lead to you being a more well-rounded traveler and provide some experiences you may never have thought about having.

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DIY Travel Souvenirs: Seashell Trinket Dish

I had never done this before, so maybe it was beginners luck but it was SO simple and they turned out beautifully. All the materials cost about $15 and I was done with the whole project in 3 hours! So here's a step-by-step guide to do this to your favorite finds on the beach. 

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Anna Kloots